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Mountain farmhouse near Ring of Kerry with stunning views, flocks of sheep

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 2,583 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Secluded sheep farmhouse accommodating 12 in 3 separate cottages

The ancient Irish name of this group of farmhouse cottages reveals a lot. It’s “Barralach”, meaning “over the lake”. The lake in question is one of Ireland’s most beautiful, lying in a special area of conservation. Barralach enjoys spectacular views over the lake and up to the dramatic peaks of the Macgillycuddy Reeks or mountains. [Barralach is pronounced “baralack”. A fluent Irish speaker will render the final “k” very softly! Try it; you can do it too!] This secluded settlement is nevertheless close to the hikers’ Kerry Way and only ten minutes from the shops and pubs of Glenbeigh village. Three of the cottages provide separate accommodation for the different elements of your party, with privacy and independence. The 14-seater dining table, however, and the great wood stoves in the very spacious Main Cottage bring the entire group joyfully together. Our guidebooks and maps ensure you make the most of your outings from Barralach. And if the weather turns inclement, the large assortment of wellington boots, raincoats and extensive collections of books, videos and games will keep you going. Immersed in nature, you will delight in Barralach’s mountain sheep, hares, rabbits, weasels, birds & magically ever-changing views. You'll love our crystalline deep-spring water. Our housekeeper may be available to provide excellent meals of the finest local fare "a la Barralach!".


Property Manager
Peadar
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

A place of tranquility and peacefulness

We were a family of nine and stayed at Barralach cottages for two weeks. We enjoyed the tranquility and peacefulness of this wonderful location. The views reached from the sea on the left over lake Caragh in the centre up to the highest Irish mountains on the right and were absolutely magnificent. The colours and moods kept changing with the weather and the time of day and made you raise your head again and again when actually reading a book. The surroundings offered plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities including beautiful hiking trails. The layout over three cottages gave everybody enough privacy when needed and helped to really relax. The kitchen was exceptionally well equipped and all appliances were in good working condition. Many details in the cottages were thought out very well and showed that they were used by the owners themselves. For us it was one of the best self-catering houses we have ever been to and we would certainly like to come back one day. Thank you to Peter and his family for letting us be there!
Aug 2017
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Amenities

Glenbeigh Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2583 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Middle cottage - toilet , tub , shower , Middle cottage
    Lake cottage - toilet , shower , Lake cottage
    Main cottage - toilet , Main cottage
    Main cottage - toilet , tub , shower , Main cottage
  • Residents of all three cottages have easy access to the cloakroom in the Main Cottage.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Main cottage - 1 king
    Middle cottage - 1 queen
    Middle cottage - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Lake cottage - 2 twin/ single
    Lake cottage - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Child bed is an upper bunk but is full adult size
  • 2 doubles, 3 twins, 1 cot The distribution of bedrooms over three cottages gives independence to the different elements of your party. At the same time, everyone can meet joyfully around the large wood stoves and social areas in the Main Cottage.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Mountain biking trails of many kilometres, much variety and stunning views start right at your front door; and you will not meet a single car but many sheep! We are actually on the Kerry Way, at its most scenic point; a paradise for hikers and hill climbers. This is a good point for setting out to the incredible Skellig Islands. Wireless broadband (WiFi). All phone calls to UK and Ireland are free.

Reviews

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Mountain farmhouse near Ring of Kerry with stunning views, flocks of sheep
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5

Fantastic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Incredible views and place to stay. Great for hiking and exploring. Very peaceful location and also nicely situated for day trips in the Kerry area. We hiked all the trails, jogged around the lake, swam in the lake, but mostly took in the breathtaking views.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Ryan, for this fine review.
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5

Adorable stay in the Ring of Kerry

  • 5 of 5

The place was adorable - sheep roaming around, unbelievable views, AMAZING kitchen table for games and hosting our big group, and an extremely comfortable space for our big group. We would absolutely come back - and have even shared this place with friends looking to visit Ireland.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Steph for that bubbling review from an effervescent group! So very glad you appreciated the huge table which has quite some history. Very good to know you will come back. Peadar
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5

Family Visit

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and our children and grandchildren had the good fortune of staying at these cottages for a week as a major part of our Ireland vacation. This place is absolutely marvelous. Everyone in our family, from the oldest to the youngest found something to enjoy. The accommodations are clean, modern and generous, extremely comfortable and surrounded by wonderful views of the Kerry County countryside. Oh, and sheep, too. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad your large family enjoyed Barralach so much, just like ours. I hope you'll all come back.
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5

Couldn't have imagined a better setting!

  • 5 of 5

Well, I must say that I feel the owner, Peadar, underestimates the allure of this amazing get-away spot! His descriptions of the scenery are wonderful but you must see it yourself to understand just how breath-taking the views really are. Our party of 6 adults used all three cottages and were impressed with the comfort, warmth, amenities and thoughtful touches that Paedar provided to make our stay one to remember. Nothing is left to chance - he thoughtfully provides directions on using the appliances, wood stove, lighting etc. When we needed extra rain jackets or boots...there they were! When we had to stoke the fire...the wood was plentiful! When we needed advice on the best hikes...we read his great "visitor's guide!" We felt well taken care of, safe, and comfortable. The cottages themselves were so comfy - from the sofas and chairs in the living and drawing rooms to the huge dining room table where we played games at night, it felt just like home....right down to the super comfortable bedding, linens, blankets and towels.

Peadar was very prompt with replies to my many questions leading up to our trip and gave very thorough information, including a mailed package that contained precise directions and instructions and even a beautiful map of County Kerry. His restaurant recommendations were spot on in both Glenbeigh and Killorglin, and he made "settling in" for our 4-night stay very easy. The access to hikes and beautiful drives right around the cottage was excellent, and its place right on the Ring of Kerry provided a great access point to fantastic day trips. When we needed to connect to the real world, the WIFI was much appreciated and the signal was really strong. No issues whatsoever staying in contact with people back in Canada.

This was a very special trip for me, my mother and my sisters for many personal reasons, and staying at Barralach made it even more perfect. I will never forget the mountain views, extraordinary hikes, adorable sheep, and perfect cottages. I would recommend this property to anyone looking for comfort, peace, relaxation and exceptional beauty. Five stars from the Dawson family!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You have been the most charming and highly memorable visitors. I do hope you'll come back again.
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5

Wonderful stay at Barralach cottages

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Barralach cottages with my family -- 7 adults in all -- and we all had a wonderful time. The property and views are absolutely gorgeous! The cottages are cozy while also providing plenty of space for a large group. The housekeeper was very helpful in coordinating our arrival and departure and Peter, the owner, sent information about the house and area ahead of time which was much appreciated.

We loved staying up on the hill -- with the views of lakes and hills -- and enjoyed going out for dinner in Glenbeigh and other neighboring towns. There's plenty to do and see in the area!

Thanks for everything -- we had a wonderful trip!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this kind review. And well done for finding these hidden away cottages at midnight! Please come back
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Idyllic Location on Ring of Kerry

  • 5 of 5

My family of 12 stayed the Barralach cottages for a week and they were everything we could have hoped for. There were plenty of beds and bathrooms to accommodate our group. Everything was clean, comfortable, and in good working order. The main cottage made a great place for everyone to hang out until people were ready to retire for the night in their own rooms. The kitchen had all the appliances and tableware you could possibly need - and we put it to good use, cooking dinner at least half the nights we were there. The dining room table was big enough to allow all of us to eat dinner together and also served as a good gaming table for our nightly game of dominoes or cards. As others have mentioned in their reviews, the views are spectacular and there are hiking trails that lead right from the house to the top of the hill for even more viewing and picture taking opportunities. My nephew got engaged on our trip and the backdrop provided spectacular engagement pictures (my husband is an amateur photographer). I would highly recommend the cottages for anyone visiting southern Ireland. And Peter, the host, was very responsive with the few questions we had during our stay. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure chatting with you and dealing with your various issues. And renewed congratulations to your husband! Please come back again soon!
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Kerry airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Glenbeigh
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Cork
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Dooks
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Killarney
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Glenbeigh
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Rossbeigh Strand
Car: necessary

Located right on the Kerry Way and two miles from the Ring of Kerry, Barralach is a hill-walker’s paradise. Our own 10 acres and the thousands of surrounding acres of open hillsides provide pasture for flocks of mountain sheep and lambs. We are close to the mid-point between the great golf courses of Killarney, Tralee, Waterville and Ballybunion and are only 10 minutes from Dooks 18-hole links course. We overlook the salmon and trout lakes and rivers of the Caragh system. The great Atlantic surfing strand of Rossbeigh and the quieter beaches of Dooks are close by. The fine restaurants and pubs of Killorglin and Glenbeigh, on the Ring of Kerry, are easily reached. Our brochure will guide you to the best eateries, and to superb and memorable activities such as horse riding on Rossbeigh strand or in Killarney National Park, visits to the Skellig and Blasket Islands, outings with the Dingle dolphin or magnificent walks on the Kerry Way, and drives on the Wild Atlantic Way. Skellig Michael is not only a Unesco Heritage site but now also a hideaway of Luke Skywalker of Star Wars, and is easily visited from our cottages.

Other Activities, all around us are: mountain biking, photography; landscape painting; bog vegetation lichens & natural springs; hundreds of acres for young and old.

Geology, showing dramatic effects of the Ice Ages in the shaping of the landscape all around us and the deposit of erratic boulders.

History including the Kerry Bog Village, the astonishing 350 million year-old tetrapod tracks, Gallarus Oratory and many Mass Rocks.

Photos

Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Important:
The three cottages are rented out as a single unit only. Rates are for the entirety of little "village". You have access to all the cottages even if your group is small.
Electricity is charged at cost as used, but you will have absolutely unlimited free wood from our own trees for the large stoves.
No charge for telephone, barring exceptional circumstances. No rates/fees.
We trust our guests since they are invariably honest. Accordingly, we require no security deposit. Guests will be expected to report any damage to the housekeeper and we will arrange for a very fair settlement.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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